NIVA Denmark Water Research is an independent non-profit unit focusing on research and consulting supporting evidence-based implementation and reporting of the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive as well as other EU Directives.
At NIVA Denmark Water Research we are a mix of experienced scientists and experts passionate about the application of the best available knowledge when implementing evidence-based management strategies. We work in streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and offshore marine waters. Our key research areas are: nutrient enrichment and eutrophication, climate change, hazardous substances, physical modification, biodiversity, ecosystem health as well as the multiple human activities potentially impairing aquatic ecosystems. Hence, we develop and test indicators, monitoring methods and assessment tools with an ultimate aim of carrying out ecological analyses and synthesises related to the current environmental challenges in aquatic ecosystems.
NIVA Denmark Water Research is formally a regional office of Norwegian Institute for Water Research. Hence, we are backed by more than 200 dedicated experts and aquatic research scientists.
Nikolai Friberg, Research and Office Manager (PhD) and has more than 20 years research experience within the field of freshwater ecology from working both in Denmark and abroad. NFs main research focus has been on applied issues and how anthropogenic disturbances impact freshwater communities, climate change and river restoration. NF is an Appointed Expert for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) under UNESCO and also a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Leeds, UK.
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Jesper H. Andersen, Chief Scientist (PhD). JHAs research interests include eutrophication, hazardous substances, biodiversity, development and application of indicator-based assessment tools, and ecosystem-based management of coastal and marine waters (e.g. WFD, MSFD, HELCOM BSAP, etc.). JHA has been Project Manager of large national and international projects (e.g. M-FDC, BALANCE, EUTRO-PRO, HOLAS, MSFD-DIA, HARMONY, etc.). JHA also holds a position as Visiting Professor at the Marine Research Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).
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Ciarán Murray, Research Scientist (PhD). Research interests include light in marine ecosystems, development of indicator-based assessment tools (e.g. HEAT, BEAT, CHASE and NEAT) and status assessments in relation to eutrophication, biodiversity and “chemical status”. CM has participated in major international projects including HELCOM HOLAS, HARMONY, WATERS and DEVOTES. CM has previously held positions at Aarhus University and DHI.
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Emilie Kallenbach, PhD student (M.Sc.) at NIVA Denmark. EK is educated as limnologist from University of Copenhagen, section of freshwater biology. Her master was about nature restoration and aquatic ecosystem metabolism. EK works with microplastics in freshwater.
Therese Harvey, Research Scientist (PhD). has more than 10 years experience in environmental monitoring, water resource management and mapping marine ecosystems. Her research interests include eutrophication, environmental monitoring and management in relation to human influences within the EU’s water and marine directives (WFD and MSFD). Therese has great experience in applying satellite data in environmental monitoring and development of optical water quality indicators. Therese has previously worked at the University of Stockholm, Sweden and at WaterInsight, Holland.
Steen W. Knudsen, Post Doc (PhD), has a background in molecular biology, ichthyology, taxonomy, marine biology, population genetics, evolutionary relationship of fishes and environmental DNA. Works with development of molecular diagnostic tools to identify presence of species in aquatic environments via non-invasive sampling techniques.
Mathias Brink Kjeldgaard works as student assistant at NIVA Denmark and studies biology at University of Copenhagen. Mathis help us with many things such as organisation of as well as quality assurance of large amounts of data. Further, Mathias is a keen guitar player.
Jens Thaulow, Research Scientist (PhD). JTs research has focused on application of population and conservation genetics to understand population structure, interactions among these, and the consequences of introducing non-native individuals into wild populations. JT works with development of molecular diagnostic tools to identify presence of species in aquatic environments via non-invasive sampling techniques. In addition, JT is part of a NIVA group designing operational monitoring programs for industries.
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Gert Hansen, Research Consultant (PhD). Research interests are taxonomy and biodiversity of microalgae including harmful algae. GH has comprehensive skills with algal isolation and culturing and is consultant on phytoplankton identification and quantification under the Danish NOVANA programme. GH has until recently worked as curator for Scandinavian Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa, University of Copenhagen. Tasks at NIVA are presently implementing the SCCAP collection into the public algal collection at NIVA in Oslo. The merged collection will be the largest in Scandinavia.
Jørn Kirkegaard works as an Associate Senior Advisor at NIVA Denmark. Jørn is a limnologist and has a long track record, including positions as Programme Manager for the Danish Pesticide Research Programme (2001-2016) and the Danish Marine Research Programme (1992-1996). Further, Jørn has been deeply involved in the management of the national Danish Aquatic Monitoring and Assessment Programmes, including the NOVA-2003 programme, which preceded the existing NOVANA programme. In addition, Jørn is considered one of the fathers of the DVFI stream index.
Ditte Hendrichsen works as a Research Scientist (PhD) at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), and is associated with NIVA Denmark as a visiting scientist. DKH is particularly interested in multiple stressors and anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems functioning, such as alien invasive species, parasites, climate change and exposure to chemicals.